Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim

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Ron Paul: Today, we heard from President Obama that the war in Syria will be escalated. He now has agreed to send weaponry in to assist the rebels. ‘Escalation’ is the proper word, because we’ve already been involved for quite a few months. We’ve been supporting the rebels for probably the past two years, supposedly for humanitarian reasons. But now there’s going to be a much more aggressive approach and we’re going to send weapons.

There are a few problems with this. First off, it’s war, and the second thing is, presidents aren’t supposed to start wars without permission from the people through a congressional declaration of war. And, besides, it’s not going to do us any good to expand in another war. And now we hear that most of the rebels are the Al-Qaida, they’re kind of in there as well. So this foreign policy we’ve been following now for so many years, is backfiring on us. It’s backfiring on us because guess who’s helping the rebels besides the United States, the Al-Qaida from Iraq. Before the Iraq war, there was no Al-Qaida in Iraq, now there is, and now there over there helping. And we think we’re going to sort this out after 2 years? The reason this is coming about is because the rebels are losing this war and we’ve been supporting the rebels. And I don’t think it’s possible to pick out the good guys here, there’s no way. I think we should pick out the good guys over here, the American people and the American tax payer, and think about what’s the best for America. And what we’re doing here is not the best in any way.

The one thing that I find rather ironic, because I was very much involved in the lead up to the Iraq war, is that the language is the same. They’re using the same arguments: weapons of mass destruction, poison gases, hundred people died and the government has done this. But you know what, they haven’t used absolute facts, they haven’t even used absolute language, they hedge their terms and they say, “Yes, possibly”. A couple of weeks ago, our administration was admitting that some of this poison gas may have come from the rebels themselves. But it is estimated 100,000 people have died over there, and they’re saying maybe a hundred or so have died from gas, possibly. But who did it and when and why? And this is the red line. To me, it’s all an excuse. This is sort of like what Clinton did in 1998 to get people to look at something other than the Lewinski affair. There’s a lot of scandal going on in this country, and it benefits the President because to get people mind off the scandals. There’s nothing like a scare tactic on foreign policy to get away from these scandals. So I think this is really a lot of what’s happening.

Besides, if you think about it, why would President Assad, who’s winning the war, use poison gas to kill a hundred people, knowing full well what would happen if people thought he was using poison gas? There’s no way, the man is not an idiot. And now the assumption is, “Yes, this is the case”. But here, over 100,000 have been killed, but the only thing that counts are these 100. It’s sort of like wondering why the people aren’t concerned about 100 or 200 or 300 killed on a regular basis from a drone missile, why isn’t that the red line. Matter of fact, I think the Al-Qaida have red lines, too, and when they hear that the U.S. drone missiles are killing civilians, they can get pretty annoyed.

But we are falling down the path of what Bush did leading up into Iraq, and what Clinton did back in 1998 by bombing Kandahar in Afghanistan. And they know about this, that this is a diversion tactic. So my concern is what has been my concern for so long, what are we doing there, why are we there, what will come of it, how will we get out of it? I argued that same thing about Iraq and Bush, and we’re still messing that place up. We’ve actually had that backfire on us, Iraq now is an ally of the Iranians and is actually still our enemy. A lot of people say, “We have to do it because this is what Israel wants”. It may be, Israel may want this, I suspect that’s their position. But I think that’s a mistake. It’s not a mistake to be friends with Israel, but it’s a mistake to do it this way. I think Israel is getting themselves into real trouble by supporting all this rebellion going on, whether it’s Libya or Egypt or now in Syria or the mess we have in Turkey; this is instability, it cannot help Israel. It is good intentions and humanitarian instincts, but what we’re really doing, and it’s a real tragedy, is that the neo-cons are winning this battle here at home, and they’re controlling our foreign policy. And it’s tragic that they are, because polls now show 68% of the American people say, “Don’t go in there, we don’t need another war”.

And think about the money, we went through this sequester and a nickel and dime was cut, and they cut a few things, and they cut a couple of TSA agents for a couple hours, and they tried to make a big deal of slashing. But never once has the President ever hesitated to promise more foreign aid and more military aid. So that has all been a charade about cutting, because there is no cutting here, this is expansion. And this, I think, is a lot more dangerous than Libya, and a lot more dangerous than Egypt. Russia is involved with this, and Iran is involved. China is probably keeping their eyes on it, and it’s not serving our interests at all. This is why I think it’s so necessary for us as a people to once again think about the advice the founders gave us by talking about a non-interventionist foreign policy, mind our own business. This compulsion and obsession to be involved when it doesn’t even involve us … there are some in the Senate right now, there are the neo-cons in the Senate who are just shouting about why we should do a lot more, we shouldn’t have incrementalism, we should go in there with full force. Well, I’ll tell you what, the American people don’t want it, we can’t afford it, it’s bad policy. It’s not going to help Israel, and it’s not going to help the rebels because we don’t even know who the rebels are, and if we do help, it’s probably going to help the Al-Qaida. The weapons we send over there will probably end up in the hands of the Al-Qaida, and will be used against the American people.

So it’s time for the American people to wake up and let their members of Congress and their senators know, “Stop it”. Why should you just sit back and let the President do these things. He used to pretend that we don’t need a congressional approval, we’ll get it from the UN and we’ll get it from NATO. Well, in this case, he just does it, and nobody says anything, they think the money will be there. But I’ll tell you what, having been in Washington for a long time, and except for a few, the people that are there are not going to say much, they’re just going to go along with it. So it’s going to take the American people to wake up and say, “Enough is enough, we’re broke, we don’t want this. No wonder we’re in a constant recession, and no wonder we are under constant threat by Americans being killed by the Al-Qaida”. And that is going to continue until we understand exactly the motives of those individuals who would like to kill Americans, and, believe me, it’s not because we’re free and prosperous. It has a lot to do with drone warfare, occupation, putting our troops in other’s lands, putting on no-fly zones and putting on boycotts and prohibiting these countries from minding their own business. So it’s time for us to wake up, because this could get out of hand, and that’s what I fear. Because eventually we’re going to have a financial crisis, which will be related to this endless spending. So this is an opportunity for us to wake up the American people, and they’re with us on this issue, we just need to get our voices heard.

Thank you for listening.


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2,327 responses to “Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim”

  1. Michael Rodriguez

    I don’t understand why people hated him. This guy was brilliant, had brilliant ideas, and was a true patriot.

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  2. Hugh Minbean

    …oh, and youre Unamerican if you dont Eat and Enjoy the Shit Sandwich barry’s gonna feed you about “if youre not Supporting Our Troops in Syria, You Must Be a Terrorist”, so Bend Over america, here comes “Operation Just Causality”…soon to be followed by Home (rectal) Invasion.

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  3. Hugh Minbean

    … and then IMF/WorldBank swoops in (with obligatory UN PeaceFarcing Forces) to Rebuild the city at Exorbitant interest rates to ensure generations will Remain Indentured Servants/Slaves to local and national Debt incurred by the 1%… did i miss anything ?…

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  4. Hugh Minbean

    heres my Johnny Carson immitation (his Fortune-teller character) : “Insinuating the North (anti-)American Union…” …Destabilize a major U S city (Detroit) by Closing Schools and Labelling children Gangsters, Enrage their hardworking parents by Declaring Bankruptcy and Raping their Pensions, wait for the Engineered Riots that are soon to follow, let the Homeland Insecurity Blanket Party have another Martial Law Exercise (like N’Orlinz, Watertown, Flatbush, Anneheim,…

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  5. Hugh Minbean

    i hate to break it to ya, but if Ron Paul was elected, the CIA would shoot him just like they shot John and Bobby… or theyd turn him like they did barack insane obama/barry soetoro/harrison j bounel/whats-his-name ,… if he needed turning to begin with… we went to Iraq for Dickhead Cheyney’s Halliburton/Unocal contract for the Caspian Sea Pipeline and Afghanistan for Heroin, All on the IMF/WorldBank Order to Destabilize the MiddleEast for Globalization… we’re Directing the Taliban…

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  7. Bob Trollston

    Ron Paul 2013!!!

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  8. Bob Trollston

    Like Ron Paul says, truth is treason in an empire of lies. R.I.P America. GOD, plese save us!!!!!!!

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  9. Shawn Strauss

    wake up america!

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  10. Bob Trollston

    ohhh… I see what you did there… The Jerk… can’t believe I fell for that

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  11. Bob Trollston

    I can’t understand that kind of logic

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    are you guys serious? did you see his name?

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  13. b34113411

    oh my goodness, ron paul is the best

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  14. truthcrackers

    100 % agree Ron makes clear sense to me.

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  15. Elias Mouawad

    My message to Ron Paul
    Search For the shocking series
    “THE GREAT DISASTERS” (Part 3)

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  16. AWO4me

    You’re an ass

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  17. LEDZEPPEL1N88

    Look at all the people sticking up for him.. and telling you that you’re wrong. Do you ever wonder why? Aren’t you interested in the FACTS? What is wrong with you? What is wrong with many Americans? :\

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  18. Gail Fitches

    I regret everyday that Ron Paul is not our President. People do not realize that he would have actually looked out for the American people, and not globalist that are poisoning our food supply, destroying our economy, destroying our water supply, and the air we breathe. He is right in every way.

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  19. du mai

    I’m glad I did not vote for this racist old clown. Ron Paul is simply Wrong Paul. He is a liar and a hypocrite. I’m glad he is gone. “Free at least, thank God Almighty, we are free at last” of this garbage.

    Now we just have to get rid of his son Rand Paul…

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  20. du mai

    I’m glad I did not vote for this racist old clown. Ron Paul is simply Wrong Paul. He is a liar and a hypocrite. I’m glad he is gone. “Free at least, thank God Almighty, we are free at last” of this garbage.

    Now we just have to get rid of his son Rand Paul…

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  21. Scot Watson

    hello all, if you have some free time on your hands, please check out my youtube channel scot watson show for commentary related to libertarianism history and the problems of contemporary society. Thank you, and take care!

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    hello all, if you have some free time on your hands, please check out my youtube channel scot watson show for commentary related to libertarianism history and the problems of contemporary society. Thank you, and take care!

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  23. mrawakeincanada

    wow are you ever stupid

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  24. chaz bro

    i DO LIKE HIS IDEALS BUT BE AWARE OF HIM….WHY?……HE HAS NEVER PUBLICLY STATED THE SEPT 11th ATTACKS WERE NOT BIN LADEN INDEED HE RIDICULED PEOPLE WHO WANTED A NEW INVESTIGATION…REMEMBER EVERY ONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE PRESIDENCY WILL SAY AND TELL YOU ANYTHING

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  25. chaz bro

    i DO LIKE HIS IDEALS BUT BE AWARE OF HIM….WHY?……HE HAS NEVER PUBLICLY STATED THE SEPT 11th ATTACKS WERE NOT BIN LADEN INDEED HE RIDICULED PEOPLE WHO WANTED A NEW INVESTIGATION…REMEMBER EVERY ONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE PRESIDENCY WILL SAY AND TELL YOU ANYTHING

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  26. Pat Studer

    i love ron paul

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  27. UPPERCUTurNUTS

    Anyone know whatsup with his son Rand Paul? Is he following in his father’s footsteps or is he on path to becoming a puppet?

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  28. UPPERCUTurNUTS

    “the Jerk” goes on all of Ron Pauls videos and posts negative comments like that. He’s just trying to somehow put a chink in the RP supporters armor. never gunna happen tho

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  29. BurchTimothy

    America’s last great statesman.

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  30. CommercialAtrophy

    I would vote for this guy but I’m just afraid our government would corrupt him..

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  31. Shazbo Valen

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with NATO imperialist interest, or all that oil and all those minerals in the middle east, or the desire to conquer the middle east and transform it into a neo-liberal market place.

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  32. Shazbo Valen

    Yes he is.

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  33. Shazbo Valen

    Syria does have WMD’s, it’s never hidden that fact, it’s used Chemical WMD’s as a deterrent against invasion and never signed conventions against them, and has as much right to have WMD’s as any nation.

    Syrian Rebels also got their hands on WMD’s, why are we even involved?

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  34. Bob Smith

    I do NOT agree with everything he says
    for example while smaller gov. makes sense , i believe tax dollars should fund a universal health care system for all americans
    BUT RON PAUL IS BY FAR THE BEST USA POLITICIAN
    THE BEST
    THeywill NEVERR let him be president

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  35. Robob joe

    Ron Paul should already be president. Wake up America please!

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